Shakespeare Royal Oak


Auditions for 2021 Shakespeare Royal Oak

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare Royal Oak announces auditions for our 2021 season as we plan our return to the park this summer!

Our main stage show will be A “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by the talented Lynch Travis. The 2021 production will mark Mr. Travis’ directorial debut with SRO. Lynch is well known to audiences at Purple Rose, Meadow Brook, Williamston, JET, Detroit Public, Performance Network, and Bonstelle. And those are just some of the professional houses where he’s worked as an actor, director, or both.

Auditions for this production will take place virtually in accordance with health and safety protocols associated with live theatre.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will run five shows, Thursday, August 5 – Sunday, August 8, 2021.

Auditions will be virtual and held on May 23 and May 26. Actors should prepare one comedic Shakespeare speech (memorized) not to exceed four minutes total.

Shakespeare Royal Oak is committed to equity and diversity in our casting and hiring. We invite and encourage artists of all races, backgrounds, and cultures to audition and work with us. We support non-traditional casting and remain committed to consideration of all roles for all artists.

Enrich us with your talent.

Actors must complete the registration form which includes uploading a resume and headshot AND go to SignUp Genius to reserve an audition time.

Audition Registration plus Resume and Headshot Upload

Reserve Audition Time at SignUp Genius

Happy 20th Anniversary Shakespeare Royal Oak!

Shakespeare Royal Oak turned 20 last summer. Though we could not gather In The Park to celebrate together, our SRO Team collaborated with performers, crew, production staff, and audience members to create special premier messaging and performances to entertain you. Together, we made a Toast to our 20th Anniversary.

Tune in to our YouTube channel. Enjoy the performances and messages where we shared stories, snapshots, memories and moments from seasons past.

Thank you for helping us reach this milestone year. We look forward to returning to Starr Jaycee Park and sharing the beautiful words of the Bard with you on many more summer nights. Until that time …

Ed and the SRO Team

Please support SRO as we make plans to return to the park in 2021.


Don’t forget: visit our special Toast 20 Celebration YouTube channel.

See videos, photos and more from our past seasons >


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Water Works Theatre Company is pleased to announce that Kat Moore will serve as director of Education for KidsAct! and Water Works Teen Ensemble. More >


There are many ways to support Water Works Theatre Company. You can advertise in our program, volunteer your time or expertise, become a sponsor or make a financial donation. It all ensures that this community jewel continues. Find out how you can help >



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Ways to Support Water Works Theatre

Support Shakespeare Royal Oak as we prepare to return to the park

We invite you to enjoy eight amazing video memories, covering all of our 19 years as Michigan’s premiere outdoor Shakespeare festival. Tune in to our YouTube playlist.

As you watch and share these special performances, memories and messages, we invite you to support Shakespeare Royal Oak’s return by donating a small sum. Your support is more valuable than ever during this unprecedented time.

Give now to support SRO’s return To The Park in 2021


Best Kept Secret

Some say Water Works is the area’s best kept cultural secret. But the truth is that since 2001 Water Works has presented the biggest and best outdoor professional Shakespeare festival in Michigan. We’re proud to say that we have inspired many other groups to pop up around the state, and we encourage their legacy.  Yet we still offer your family the highest quality, affordable cultural experience anywhere.  From our friendly atmosphere and first rate performances, to our top-notch education programs, we guarantee you will love your time in the park with us.

Help Us This Year

It’s all close to home in a beautiful park in two perfect midsummer weeks. But we need YOU to help keep the dream alive. Think about it: when you go to Stratford, see a Broadway play or even a touring show downtown, you will easily spend more than double Water Works’ ticket prices. Not to mention all the travel, dining and parking.

We’re asking you to help us make up the difference between what we charge our audience, and what it really takes to do it right.

Spread the Word!

  • Recommend us to your company for sponsorship
  • Bring a group to the show. Call 248.399.3727 if your group is ten (10) or more!
  • Make a tax deductible donation.
  • Promote us on Facebook and other social media.
  • Please help this wonderful local jewel of the arts. Together we can make this our biggest and best year ever! Thank you!


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Caught the bug? Water Works puts interns and community-minded volunteers to work and they enjoy the fun too. From marketing, signage, hospitality to ushering and even backstage jobs, we have it all. Let us know what area interests you, and we’ll find a fit! Just send us an e-mail and we’ll get back to you!

Sponsorship Opportunities

For two weeks in the park, Water Works expects to impact 3500+ patrons to our ticketed theatre events. Over 50 professional artists and teachers are employed, and 80 to 100 local families enjoy the excitement of our outdoor education programs. Each year we also offer growth opportunities for 6 interns beyond high school.

While Water Works collects audience feedback to measure satisfaction and assist us in our future programming decisions, we do not directly solicit age and address information from our patrons. Our experience since 2001 has shown us, however, that our audience is culturally diverse, generally with (or pursuing) higher education, geographically central to Royal Oak, with high awareness of the arts and appreciation for community quality of life issues.  We see significant long term loyalty in our audiences, and in families in our education programs.  For most of those who come to be entertained, to be educated, or to work at their craft here, Shakespeare in the Park in Royal Oak has become a valued annual tradition.

Share Water Works’ commitment to keeping professional Shakespeare in this community by financially sponsoring our production. Please contact Water Works Theatre Company at 248.399.3727 or email us for sponsorships of $500.00 or more. We want to make the most of your support. Thank you!


Online donations are gratefully accepted. Please also contact Water Works Theatre Company at 248.399.3727 or email us for donation information.